THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Prabha Varma’s ‘Shyama Madhavam’ gave Krishna a spiritual dimension contrary to the general image associated with a colourful avatar, said filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan on Sunday while inaugurating a mural painting exhibition inspired by the award-winning verse novel of Varma at Vyloppilli Samskrithi Bhavan here.
“The artists have done their best to imbibe the essence of poem despite the limitations of mural paintings. There should be a mechanism to procure and exhibit these permanently,” he said. V N Murali presided over the function and said no one read Krishna like Varma did and his poem was relevant to the modern time.
K R Shyama read ‘Krishnayanam’, a chapter of ‘Shyama Madhavam’ while P Soman introduced the poem before the audience. Prabha Varma was also present. He has received several awards for ‘Shyama Madhavam’ with the most recent being the Vallathol Award. The mural exhibition by Baburaj Elamkur, P V Narayanankutty Malappuram and Vinod Pookolathur will be open till Tuesday.